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At the same time, I was in the middle of my own battles of wanting to let go and I just didn't realize or have a name for it. I began the book in the middle of the fourth wave of this Pandemic that has already re-started this depression battle for many of us. My grandmother passed away at the beginning of COVID, (early 2020) but I held on to hope and was able to remain the family and work cheerleader. Then May 2021 hit with some huge disappointments and I began to lose that abliity to keep cheering. But what do you do? Sometimes you get to a point when you don't know what or how to pray; where the prayers have been the same and remain seemingly unanswered. I'd hit a wall.
Shelia gets to the point quickly because her point isn't about her new cyle with depession; it chronicles her ablity to find the Lord in the midst of all the bad news & an unprecented global lonliness and help us understand his love so much more deeply. It took me while to realize I was in trouble and even longer to seek the correct help. I started with a therapist, but it's been empty, even counter-productive. In August and the annoucnnment for the book came...but it felt so far away! When I got an offer to read it early, I grabbed the chance.
When I started reading, I started finding those strands of hope that Shelia ever so carefully wove into a rope of Hope. Sheila doesn't talk as much about her own depression as she does about God's love for her and she puts it in a way that helps the reader start to see those glimpses of hope. The correct help is God, but when he seems so far and silent, how is he that help? Shelia talks about that throughout the book and in ways I never realized or considered. She shed new light to lonely, desperate moments such as in the Garden of Gethsemene when Jesus went to pray, the last few hours on the cross, and the signifcance of Jesus waiting to go see Lazarus until after Lazarus had died.
Chapter 2 particulary resonated with me. She discusses being Alone vs. Lonely. As an introvert, I've been alone for a long time, no problem. But at the time of reading, I was at home with COVID & a sick kid. My husband barely checked on me; and even though I worked, no one at work (except one friend on leave) actually asked how I was holding up. I was horribly lonely and at that point realized I have been for a long while. Catching COVID just sealed it and pointed it out loud and clear. It shattered the last of my fragile defenses & illusions that I was doing fine.
[book:Holding on When You Want to Let Go: Clinging to Hope When Life Is Falling Apart|57071117] gave me a bit of a lifeline to cling to as I learned more and more about God's love for me & also feel like a dear friend (Shelia) was with me. Then I got to chapter 3 and a truth in there that I need to get painted on a sign. "Satan can't hurt God, so his plan is to hurt how we see God....if he can get us to ....question the love of God, he has scored a victory." Wow. Mic Drop. I've questioned God's Love my entire life.
As you keep reading, and Shelia keeps sharing these beautiful truths, you start to see these truthes and glimpses of rope being woven into a rope to which you can cling. I love that she actually went to seminary and can explain the meaning behind a text, an image, or even a simple word. This is how she weaves the truth of Christ and his love into a hope we can cling to as life continues falling apart.
I'm still reading, but I'm savoring Shelia's imagry and the truths she presents. I'm still struggling with that depression and wanting to let go- let go of a marriage, let go of a frustrating, but good job. Let go and go hide away from all the bad news and live as a hermit in a cabin. But each day I read, i find those glimpses of hope. I don't see a rescue rope every day. Sometimes, I'm clinging to the frayed end, but I have something to cling to and language to use in my prayers. Please help me not let go of.....Please give me hope, give me something to cling to.
I'm espeically excited to listen to the book when I receive the Audio Book copy. Sheila's sweet voice with her Scottish accent is such a treasure to listen to, and I have truly felt like she's on the phone with me, telling me the truthes my thristy soul so despeartely needs to hear. I know I'll see and hear additional comfort and truths that wilI help me clign tightly to the hope and love of Christ. I highly recommend this book and hope that it gives you a refuge in times of sadness and troubles.
If we are honest, we have all been there at some point in our lives. Feeling shame, feeling alone, feeling “less than” or “not good enough”. Sheila wrote this in 2020 in the midst of the fear, anxiety, aloneness and uncertainty of coping with living in a pandemic. Mixing personal stories with Scripture and honesty
Sheila gives 5 chapters of “Holding On” - “…When Life Feels Out of Control”
-“…When You Feel Alone”
-“…When God is Silent”
-“…When You’re Afraid”
-“…When You’ve Messed Up”
Then she helps guide us to what it means to Be Held.
-“Held by the Promises of God”
-“Held by the God Who Rescues”
-“Held by the God of Miracles”
-“Held by the One Who Changed Everything”
And finally to “Let Go! You Are Being Held”
At the end of each chapter is an overview of truths.
“The greater truth is this: nothing was or ever has been out of God’s control. God has always been in control.”
“Sometimes the greatest ongoing battle we face isn’t dealing with what has been done to us but dealing with how that action has marred our own image of who we are in Christ. Unfortunately, many of us live with those distorted images every day of our lives.”
This book is for anyone who feels alone, feels like they’ve lost their grip and reminds us of our God, the One who always Holds us close, even when we doubt His Presence.
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But there have been times in my Christian life when I’ve felt like chucking it all in, telling God not to bother with me any more.
This book acknowledges all this - when we’re afraid, when we doubt, when we have screwed up very big time…
Sheila doesn’t condemn, nor does she give easy or pat answers. Here’s someone who’s held on when she’s felt like letting go, and who shares how she hung on - and how God hung on to her.
Written during a pandemic of COVID , when she found herself spiralling, downward into depression., She has suffered from clinical depression since she was 34 years of age, When she ended up in a Psychiatric
hospital , where she received some healing.
The book is a total of 10 chapters. The first 5 are about us holding on the last 5 are about being held i by Our Heavenly Father, She uses the Analogy of a jigsaw puzzle pieces, When we give God all the pieces , piece by piece we are made whole. She shares the final puzzle piece that she had been looking for , for a VERY long time, and she wasn’t sure if she ever would find the missing piece
One of the quotes I like is. As believers in Christ we do NOT get what we deserve. We get what we DON’T deserve. That is God’s GRACE
I would recommend this book to anybody who struggles (d)!with the pandemic of COVID or just life in general. We might not want to hold on, when you things get hard. Sheila reminds us that we can have hope By pointing us to Jesus.